Virtual Assistant or VA is an independent professional working from remote locations. If you are contented working from home, away from the hassles of traffic, usual office environment and routine then becoming a virtual assistant is for you.
In order to become a Virtual Assistant, first and foremost you need to have a skill or set of skills that businesses and entrepreneurs are looking for to help in their business. Years of experience are also a big factor in getting a work and project as most clients will base your expertise from the number of years you have been doing your work.
If you want or are planning to become a virtual assistant, build your Curriculum Vitae or CV first with the skills, knowledge and expertise you already have. Then, start improving your resume by upgrading and learning new skill or skills to be competitive in the Virtual Assistant industry. Focus on your strongest capability, and how they could be of service to a potential client.
A Virtual Assistant specializes and offers one or most of the following services:
- Customer service
- Customer Relation Management or CRM
- Data Entry
- Executive assistance
- Graphic design
- Web design
- Web Developing
- Search Engine Optimization or SEO
- Article writing
- Social media marketing
- Telemarketing/cold calling
- Lead generation
- Real estate assistant
- Real estate agent
- Legal assistant
- Medical transcriptionist
- Technical assistant
If you do not have expertise in any of the fields mentioned above, then it will be difficult for you to become a personal virtual assistant. However, don’t fret. The world is full of opportunities. Attend classes or acquire them through self-study to upgrade your skills that are looked for in a Virtual Assistant. If you worked for a Business Process Outsourcing or BPO company that offers virtual services, this is a good opportunity for you to gain experience you need to become a Virtual Assistant.
If you feel your experience and skills are inferior in some aspects, be creative and positive in the way you present yourself to a client during an interview. Remember, you are selling your skills and expertise to a prospect client to get the project and have work.
Take note, if you are new to the business, you cannot expect to charge a client equivalent to an experienced and seasoned virtual assistant’s rate. You have to start from the least rate and increase your fee as you gain more experience in the business.
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